April 18th, 2018

[podcast] 4 Reasons Why You Should Nurture Your Mother-Heart #117

What is your “mother-heart” and why should you nurture that side of yourself?

This week we are diving into a topic that is relevant to every woman, regardless of her state in life. John Paul II tells us that every woman is called to be a mother. What does that mean exactly, and how does that apply to our life? I share 4 reasons why you should nurture your mother-heart, and invite you to share your own thoughts on this important topic.

1. Because you were made for it.
Every woman’s vocation is motherhood. You were made for it.

2. Because it will make you happy.
Pursuing motherhood, in whatever way that play itself out in your particular circumstances, will give meaning and purpose to your life and lead to your ultimate happiness.

3. Because it’s important.
John Paul II reminds us that the world need our motherhood, and that is more true now than ever. The work of mothers is vitally important to every man being.

4. Because people who tell you otherwise are sexist.
We need to reject the (culturally popular) idea that motherhood is demeaning or “beneath us” and that we must reject WHO WE ARE in order to be happy and successful.

This is a topic that is near to my heart, and I hope I have offered you some things to think about as well. Please listen in and then share your thoughts! You know I love to hear from you!

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April 10th, 2018

[podcast] Why You Procrastinate (and how to stop) #116

Do you procrastinate? Join the club! But don’t let yourself wallow there in that bad habit. There are things we can all do to get over our tendency to put off work we don’t enjoy. This week, I’m sharing some simple ideas for breaking the habit of procrastination.

1. Eat the frog
There is a great book by this name, by Brian Tracy. It means to do your most difficult task of the day FIRST before you have any excuses or distractions to keep you from it.

2. Do just a little bit
Give yourself permission to just get started on a small part of a larger task. It will feel less overwhelming that way!

3. Change your self talk
Do you have a bad habit of speaking negatively to and about yourself? Turn that around with positive statements: I can. I will. I choose.

4. Remember: Done over perfect
Deadlines are important, so give yourself one! A completed project is so much better than the “perfect” one you never finish.

5. Reward yourself!
Tell yourself that when you have done the thing you are putting off, you will get a treat at the store, a fancy coffee, you will get to take a nap, or you can watch something on Netflix. Figure out what motivates you and give yourself small rewards for getting stuff done.

This week, I also share a question from listener Kristin who asks about giving each of your children he tie and attention they need in a large and growing family.

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April 4th, 2018

[podcast] Being ‘Good Enough’ with Colleen Duggan #115

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Colleen Duggan is a wife, mom, friend, and author of the new book Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom. This week, I’m sharing an encouraging conversation she and I had recently, about struggling with perfectionism, about wanting to control our kids, and about all the ways that motherhood pushes us into uncomfortable places of real spiritual and personal growth.

I have known Colleen online for years and am a real fan of her work. I just know you are going to enjoy her too!

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I also share a question from listener Ryian who asks about setting up a schedule as an at-home mom with small children.

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March 27th, 2018

[podcast] 3 Ideas for Holy Week #114

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This week I share some happy news and goings-on from my family, and then 3 ideas for ways to set Holy Week apart and serve this holy season in the liturgical year. These three easy ideas are:

1) Do something more.
Go to church when you usually would not, say the Rosary as a family, go to adoration, or tackle a cleaning project you have been putting off. Do something “more” this week and offer it to God.

2) Do something less.
Is there something you can cross off your calendar this week to make more room for God and prayer? Kids activities, your own work, or social events? Look for ways to do something less, even fasting from something more can be a good place to start!

3) Go to confession.
I especially was encouraged to give you this “assignment” after hearing Fr. Chris Alar (from the Divine Mercy Shrine on Stockbridge) speak in Nashville this past weekend. If you get yourself to confession, you will be full prepared to receive all the graces of Divine Mercy Sunday (April 8) as described by Our Lord to St. Faustina. Here is more information about that!

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March 20th, 2018

[podcast] The Writing Life with Amy Schisler #113

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Fiction author Amy Schisler shares about her work, her family, and how she balances a life of origin “CLEAN” romance novels with her busy life as a wife and mom raising girls.

You can check out Amy’s work and learn more about her at her website. I know you will enjoy her books! And then be sure to leave her some good reviews at Amazon! 🙂

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March 13th, 2018

[podcast] How to Survive Bringing Small Children to Mass #112

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Children’s Mass behavior is such a common topic in Catholic family circles! At the very least, those of us who struggle to manage our children’s behavior at Mass can know that we are not alone.

This week, I share an email from listener Lori who received a nasty comment from a fellow parishioner after a recent Mass (where she actually felt her children were pretty well behaved!). This nastiness left ore feeling discouraged and wanting to give up on the whole “Catholic family life” thing because she really ought to be able to expect support from her parish community.

After commiserating and offering some words of encouragement and support, we then share some ideas for ways to improve your chances of having a positive Mass experience, even with very young children.

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March 6th, 2018

[podcast] The Girlfriends Guide to Fasting #111

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Lent! It’s all about the fasting and sacrifice, right? We’ve already talked about a few different ways we can add prayer and almsgiving to our Lenten observances this year, but this week I would like to focus on fasting. Especially fasting as a spiritual practice.

I have been experimenting with fasting this Lent and wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you all. These are notes from a newbie!

1. Be creative and flexible.
Fasting can of course mean going for a length of time without eating anything, but you can experiment with different lengths of time, different times of day, etc. Also, you might consider only fasting from certain foods (a common Lenten practice) if you are pregnant, nursing, or have some other reason why fasting is not a good idea for you this year.

2. Make sure prayer is part of it.
They say fasting without prayer is just a diet. True! Make sure you add a prayer component to your times of fasting.

3. Do it for someone else.
Fasting is a sacrifice that you can offer up for someone else’s benefit, or for a specific intention. I have been fasting/praying for specific people this Lent, and I find it is a powerful way to “pray all day” as well as remind myself of the power of prayer.

4. Start small.
You don’t need to begin with declaring a 5-day fast. Try skipping lunch, or not eating after dinner instead. If that turns out to be too easy, you can always add to the fast later.

5. Stay busy.
Distract yourself with work or other activities during your fast. Do not sit around thinking about how hungry you are.

6. Drink lots of water.
Drinking water will keep you hydrated while fasting, which is important, but also can help ease hunger pangs and replace the “habit” of eating regularly during the times you are fasting.

7. If you mess up, try again!
Don’t give up just because you broke your fast one time. That’s what the devil wants for you to do. Get back in there and try it again!

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March 1st, 2018

[podcast] 7 Ways to Make More Time #110

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After our recent podcast about how to Own Your Day, I heard from listener Emily who wanted some more nitty-gritty about how to make efficient use of your time. “Is it all just about will power?” she asked.

Well, there is a little of that involved, but also there are some easy ways you can set yourself up for a greater chance of success. Here are some small ideas I wanted to share:

1. Begin the night before
Make a plan for your day the night before, and do some of the “prep” involved ahead of time. Make the appointment you want to have, make sure the right clothes are clean, fill the tank with gas, lay out the right equipment for the household chore you want to accomplish, etc.

2. Banish the snooze button
Just do it! Getting out of bed is sometimes so hard, but it gets easier in a minute or so, and you will start your day with a small success instead of a defeat. NO MORE SNOOZE!

3. Make a list
This can start with your night before prep, but every day you should have written down at least 1 or 2 things that you want to accomplish. This is also freeing of your mind because you do not have to keep a running to-do list in your head if you have it on paper.

4. Break up with the internet
Have regular times of your day where you are “offline” and not distracted by social media, websites, email, etc. You’ll be amazed by how much you get done this way!

5. Stop waiting for the perfect time. Use what you have.
Just admit that you have some pockets of time in your day that you normally waste. Use these bits and pieces of time to work on things you want to be doing. The “perfect” time to do it all “perfectly” will never come, so make your peace with the imperfection. Get started, doing whatever you can, today.

6. Be firm in your plan.
Once you’ve set your goals, do not allow yourself to negotiate them away in favor or smaller fleeting pleasures or distractions. Be honest about what you are doing and refuse to sacrifice larger goals for the smaller, less important things.

7. Take control of interrupting thoughts.
Do you have distractions? Write them down. You may have 1000 great ideas, but don’t let a single one of them to pull you away from doing the work you set out to do at any given time. Write down your distractions and ideas and then get back to the task at hand.

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March 24
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